About Us

The Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership works to protect children on the Isle of Wight.

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility and our ambition is that everyone can recognise and respond to ensure that children, young people and their families are effectively safeguarded and supported.

Organisations that work with children and families have a shared responsibility to safeguard children in a local area and to work together in doing this.
There are three organisations that are required in law to (something that they must do, rather than something they can choose to do) to have formal arrangement in place to work together.

These three organisations are the Isle of Wight Council, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board, and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police. These three organisations are called the 'Safeguarding Partners'.

This arrangement is called the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership (IOWSCP).

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The IOWSCP works collaboratively with Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton Safeguarding Children Partnerships and this collective is known as HIPS . The HIPS partnership provides opportunities for working together across borders on strategic issues and common themes. This arrangement supports each LSCP area to retain a focus on local priorities.

Aims & Objectives of the Partnership

To ensure that children on the Isle of Wight are protected the IOWSCP will:

  • Work effectively together on shared priorities to improve outcomes for our children
  • Build working relationships to support continuous improvement, professional curiosity, constructive challenge
  • Be self-reflective, open and committed to learning and improvement
  • Embed learning from local and national safeguarding reviews and local scrutiny and assurance practices
  • Work and share information proactively to enable the early identification and response to new areas of safeguarding
  • Listen and respond to children and young people, and adult victims / survivors of child abuse to inform how services are delivered
  • Ensure services for children and families support parents and carers to provide the best possible care for their children
  • Facilitate collaborative working beyond organisational boundaries and agency constraints

Relevant Agencies

The three Safeguarding Partners have to set out which organisations are required to work with the Partnership. These organisations are referred to as Relevant Agencies:

Functional Links

  • Children's Trust Board
  • Corporate Parenting Board
  • Domestic Abuse Partnership Board
  • Family Justice Board
  • Health & Wellbeing Board (HWB)
  • IOW Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB)
  • Missing, Exploited, Trafficked Risk Assessment Conference (METRAC)
  • Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)
  • Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
  • Violence Reduction Unit (VRU)

For enquiries about the work of the Partnership:

Email: SCP@iow.gov.uk
Tel: 01983 814545
Address: County Hall, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD
Twitter: @IOWSCP

Please contact us using the email address above to join our newsletter and training mailing list

We are unable to assist with safeguarding concerns or provide case information. Please contact Children's Social Care on 0300 300 0901 for information.

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